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  • Police: DWI driver crashes; babies injured

    A man is accused of hitting another car while driving drunk, sending the occupants of the other car to the hospital.

    Around 11 p.m. July 8, Daniel Galindre, 19, 802 E. Roybal St., struck a car at Socorro and Romero streets, an intersection west of New Mexico Avenue, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    A police officer was tipped off that Galindre had thrown glass objects out of his car. When the officer showed up, he found Corona bottles along the street nearby, Montaño said.

  • Man sentenced for dealing crack

    A Mora man has been sent to prison for seven years for dealing crack cocaine, authorities said.

    Emilio Romero, 22, was convicted of trafficking drugs and in a separate case, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Earlier this year, Mora officials were told about a missing girl. Through their investigation, they found that Romero may have had something to do with her. In pulling over the suspect, they discovered drugs, Flores said.

  • Hurricane: I never agreed to perform

    Al Hurricane, a popular northern New Mexico entertainer, was listed as a performer at Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    But he said last week that he had never agreed to do a gig at the annual Fourth of July weekend event. He said he had other events scheduled for that weekend.

    He had been listed as a performer during the afternoon of July 5 in the Optic’s Fiesta Guide. That booklet is dependent on information from the Fiesta Council.

  • Las Vegas woman celebrates 103rd birthday

    Rosita M. Gallegos is one of Las Vegas’ oldest residents.  

    She celebrated her 103rd birthday on June 26 with more than 50 family members and friends present.

    A party was held in her honor at Vida Encantada Rehab where she has resided for the past two years. Her actual birthday was June 29.  

    Many family members traveled from far away to be with the matriarch on her special day. Her room was filled with fresh roses  in honor of her nickname, Rose.

  • Fiesta queen told not to show up

    The 2009 Fiesta queen, Carmela Montoya, had been planning to take part in this year’s Fiestas de Las Vegas, as is the tradition.

    But two days before the festivities, which began July 2, Montoya was told not to bother. Last week, the Fiesta Council cut her promised scholarship in half, saying she didn’t keep her end of the bargain as queen.

    It’s just the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the Fiesta Council, whose president, Mathew Martinez, recently ousted six of the group’s 18 members.

  • Panel: Recycling improvements pushed

    The recycling area at the city’s transfer station is messy and isn’t customer friendly, a task force says.

    Recently, a six-member task force presented its findings and recommendations for the city’s recycling program.

    The panel stated in its report that the program has been unable to ensure that recyclable materials aren’t mixed with other things. It said that the collection site is isolated from the main office and isn’t monitored to ensure correct disposal.

  • Fries: Highlands long aware of problem

    Highlands University maintains that it has been aware of city natural gas overcharges for the last two years.

    The university disputed the argument from the city that no one at Highlands caught the jump in bills, so it was paid until around the beginning of the year.

    “The university was quite aware of the overcharge for the past two years and has been working with the city during that time to address the problem,” Highlands President Jim Fries said in an e-mail last week to the school’s employees.

  • Man arrested after fight over noise

    An Albuquerque man allegedly upset with nearby noise attacked two other men at Storrie Lake State Park, state police said.

    Phillip Medrano, 58, of Albuquerque was charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    State police were already headed to the park around 10:30 p.m. July 3 because of a noise complaint when they got word that a fight had taken place.

  • Police: Men throw cans at officer

    Two Las Vegas men are charged with throwing a beer can at a city police officer.

    Arrested were Rudy Valdez, 21, and Roland Romero Jr., 24, on charges of aggravated battery, a fourth-degree felony, and conspiracy, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Eric Padilla was driving in the 100 block of Independence Avenue when a couple of beer cans were thrown at his squad car — one going through an open passenger window and striking him in the head, Montaño said.  

  • Teen jumps off train

    A 15-year-old boy jumped off an Amtrak train near Watrous early Wednesday morning.

    He was flown to a hospital in either Santa Fe or Albuquerque because he suffered injuries in the jump, state police said.

    Officers are trying to figure out where the boy is hospitalized, so they can interview him to see what happened, Lt. Eric Garcia said.

    No other information was available, Garcia said.